How can I determine the age of my furnace?

March 28, 2019

When you move into a new residence, there is a lot to take in and study as you get settled in. You’re figuring out all of the new appliances and different spaces. For some homeowners, it also means contemplating what upgrades or updates need to be made later on. It may not always be top of mind, but your heating and cooling system must be on the list of potential to-dos. It plays a vital role in home comfort, so knowing a little bit more about your system is very useful.

As long as they are working without problems, we don’t pay a lot of thought to our furnaces. But as soon as it goes out, or causes issues, we certainly notice. That’s why it’s a great idea to find out how old your furnace is. Then you have an understanding of what you might deal with down the road. And this doesn’t just apply to homeowners moving into a new space. Anyone who isn’t certain how old their furnace is should take time and figure it out.

How can you identify how old your furnace is?

Your furnace should have a sticker located anyplace on the exterior or interior paneling. If you don’t see a sticker with the model and serial number on the outer panels, find where the paneling opens up and see if it’s located inside that door.

Write down—or take a photo of—the serial number to have on hand. Then go to the manufacturer’s website or search for instructions on how to identify the manufacturing date. You may try searching for “find manufacturing date of YOUR BRAND furnace.” The serial number usually provides insight into the age of your system, but it does change among brands. For example, for some brands, the first four numbers mean the year and month it was manufactured. In the photo below, the serial number shows this particular system was made in July 2015.

Serial number on a furnace 

If you are still having problems, you can reach out to the manufacturer directly, or contact Appalachian Heating for help.

Why is the age of your furnace imperative?

Usually, when you’ve had a furnace about 15 years, it’s time to start shopping for a replacement system to help improve efficiency and overall operations. Newer models tend to have higher energy efficiency ratings and you’ll definitely benefit from the advancements in technology over the last years.

You don’t have to rely on how old your equipment is, there are other indications that it might be time to shop for a new furnace. A handful of these signs include:

  • Increase in energy costs without major adjustments to the thermostat.
  • More recurrent and costly repairs to fix the furnace.
  • Reduction in home comfort levels—you never seem to feel warm enough.

If you have questions about whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, or if you want one of the most experienced technicians in Mount Hope to offer some guidance, we’re here for you. You can contact us at 304-707-0600 or schedule an appointment with us online.